Benedict Sipachios/Spiachios- date of birth, age at death - Simonides quotes

Steven Avery

Genius - Lilia - p. 312 - Sipachios


plus a few more timeline entries
„After the assassination of the governor, he [Benedict]
again removed to Mount Athos, where he continued
until his death. I was then sojourning at Aegina, and
thence set out to Nauplia, thence to Syme, Syra, back to
Aegina, and other places.“ (Simonides, The Guardian
21. Januar 1863; wiederabgedruckt in The Journal of
Sacred Literature and Biblical Record, 1863, Bd. 3,

„[...] he [Benedict] recalled me to Athos. I sailed from
the Pireaus in the month of November, 1839, and lan-
ded again at Athos fort he fifth time. After a few days I
undertook the task of transcribing the Codex [Sina-
iticus], the text of which as I remarked before, had
many years previously been prepared for another
purpose** (Simonides, The Guardian 21. Januar 1863;
wiederabgedruckt in The Journal of Sacred Literature
and Biblical Record, 1863, Bd. 3, 228-229; vgL dazu
auch Stewart 1859, 4 und Elliott 1982, 177).
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Steven Avery

On Benedict, you do mention Venedictos from Rossikon frequently. He passed in 1840, there is some confusion especially on his birth date.

Nikolas Farmikidis, also Lilia Diamantopoulou and Simonides have something like this:
"Benediktos Rossios (Spiachios, born in Symi in 1760 and died in Athos, on 28.5.1840."

Yet Parfeny records him as 106 years old before he passed. Similar some monastery records.

While Venedictos was from Symi, there may be another Benedict of Symi?.
Or maybe not.

If you have any thoughts on these puzzles, share away.


Parfeny Ageev was vague about some dates, but the Venediktos he writes about died in November 1839, aged well over a hundred. He probably wasn't the Benediktos Rossios you mention. Anyway, 'Rossios' might have been an approximate surname; it perhaps meant that he had connections with Russia or was thought to have come from Russia (via Symi?). The Venediktos mentioned by PA was Greek.

Steven Avery


Benedicts age at death according to Simonides.

A Biographical Memoir of Constantine Simonides, Dr. Ph., of Stageira, with a Brief Defence of the Authenticity of His Manuscripts.
By Charles Stewart
Published August,1859
Pages 7-8

"Benedict, therefore, having become the possessor of such an inestimable treasure, set aside everything else, and applied himself diligently to the care of it, ‘day and night, alone and without any aid, having in his mind the publication of the manuscripts. Afterwards, however, being compelled to take an assistant, owing to an inflammation of the eyes, he instructed his nephew, Simonides, in the art of paleography by means of these manuscripts of his own. The reading of them being very difficult it became troublesome and injurious to his sight ; for Benedict was an old man of SEVENTY, and the manuscripts were difficult to decipher not only from their antiquity, but from the entire difference in the writing of one from another. Simonides, therefore, being taught by a man of great experience in such matters, and being daily spurred on by emulation became an assistant worthy of the expectation of Benedict; he was his right hand, —for he acted as his representative in everything,—both in reading and copying the manuscripts. Meanwhile, Benedict having fallen grievously ill, and foreseeing his end approaching, called Simonides and enjoined him to take the greatest possible care of the manuscripts and library. He bound him by a sacred promise to reveal the place of their concealment to no one, and to part with or dispose of no portion of the collection. He pointed out to Simonides the necessity of his taking them [Page 8] away from Mount Athos and preserving them in a place of security until the troubles of his country ceased and the hand of the oppressor was no longer felt in the land. He was then to restore them to Greece, to benefit his countrymen by their possession. He then gave Simonides his blessing, and departed this life on the 29th of August, 1840, to the great lamentation of all his family. Simonides dwelt for three months in Mount Athos after the death of Benedict, and he then procured a private vessel and removed the library and antiquarian collection to Syme. Such is the account given by Simonides himself, but it is corroborated in every particular by the testimony of others, and these corroborative circumstances are of the most unimpeachable character, and can be readily referred to..."

1859 biography